The restaurant Daniel frequently ranks among the best in the world. It’s one of a handful of 3-Michelin star winners in the U.S., and often cited as NYC’s finest restaurant. Though I’ve never been to the flagship restaurant, I’ve been to the sister restaurant, Cafe Boulud, for a birthday dinner for my brother and Dad (born on the same day) and can testify the following: Great experience, great food.
I was honored to have been approached by Daniel to illustrate their building facade for a holiday card. Here’s an image of the actual restaurant facade (via the NYTimes). They wanted something that would be more of an outline feel, less textured than the usual home portraits.
Here are a few of the many things I liked about it: I transformed their four shrubs out front into X-mas tree shapes, at their request. That small circle on the facade contains a lion’s face. I guess there’s a tie-in with the biblical Daniel and the lion’s den? Either way–fun detail to draw. Above the windows, too, are decorative pieces that look like traditional coats of arms. The facade is just stocked with fantastic details, which I suppose makes sense for a restaurant that prides itself on shaping a diner’s whole experience.
Here’s the initial drawing, above, and the finished holiday card below: